When you arrive in Las Vegas, the first thing your eyes do is adjust to all the sights. Everywhere you look are neon lights, huge buildings and crazy characters, which can lead to major sensory overload. Sometimes it’s hard to take it all in, especially when it comes to taking photos to show your friends and family back home. Sure, you could take pictures of the grand hotel entrances and the swanky interior decor, but how do you truly capture the essence of Vegas in a photo? How do you get that perfect shot of yourself, your family or your significant other without hundreds of tourists in the background blocking the view?
In a world where social media feeds have replaced photo albums, getting that “perfect shot” is first on most visitors’ to-do lists. With the major rise of Facebook and Instagram, we have learned to rely on pictures to capture a moment and tell a story. These insider tips are sure to make your pictures stand out, and help you tell your next Vegas story in a much more creative way.
You’re most likely staying on the Strip, so start your morning off by heading over to the Bellagio. You’ll want to get there as early as possible, preferably while everyone else is still in bed or getting ready for breakfast buffets. Typically, people take a picture in front of the fountains during the show. Instead, work your way up the left side of the fountains. Turn your back towards the strip and get ready to frame the most magical shot of not only the fountains, but also the Paris Eiffel Tower. You have just photographed two of the most iconic Vegas attractions in the same frame without even breaking a sweat!
Next, while it’s still early, work your way over to the Tropicana. Although the newly renovated Tropicana exterior is a gorgeous sight to see, nothing beats the amazing view of the New York, New York you get by standing on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana. There on the corner is a patch of grass with some small palm trees, and if you stand perfectly center, you can capture the entire New York, New York skyline in your frame, including the Statue of Liberty. The same location also gives you unobstructed views of MGM’s famous gold lion.
Your next stop does not require early morning hours, so you can enjoy your day sightseeing and experiencing all the city has to offer before heading over to the Flamingo. Enter the self-park garage and make your way to the very top floor. There, you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views of the Strip. Every corner of the top level provides breathtaking backdrops for your selfies, including the massive Linq High Roller.
Any local would recommend that you spend some time in Downtown Vegas before ending your trip. There, you will be fully immersed in a past era, and you can experience all the beauty and history of vintage Las Vegas. The Little White Wedding Chapel, most notable for marrying celebrities such as Paul Newman, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, is a must-see. You can stage a wedding photo under the Tunnel of Love to surprise your friends back home, or even snap some shots of the timeless pink Cadillac parked outside.
Finally, this list would not be complete without mentioning the Neon Boneyard at the Neon Museum. This location used to be part of La Concha Motel, which was destroyed in 2005. Now it is where old neon signs go to retire, and where visitors go to snap what are arguably some of the most fascinating photos you can find in Vegas. If you are a true fan of vintage Las Vegas, you are sure to find an old hotel sign that will spark some memories.